8 Things to Tell Your Audience About How to be a Good Ally

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Being a good ally is hard work.

Perhaps that’s because allyship, according to Webster, is a lifelong process of building relationships based on trust, consistency, and accountability with marginalized individuals and/or groups of people.

When you choose to be an ally, you decide to be the change you want to see in your lifetime.

This commitment will transform you; allyship is a commitment to listen and learn and educate oneself through reading and interaction, sometimes with people who are not just like us.

Allyship Requires you to:

  • Go beyond posting a photo, sharing a story, or attending a protest.
  • Commit to action that you must define and sustain.
  • Recognize and own your cultural blind spots.
  • Speak up when someone else presents negativity.
  • Put your privilege aside.
  • Question diverse representation (or lack thereof) in a room or in society.
  • Commit to deconstructing blanket stereotypes.
  • Always ask “Who” when someone says “They.”

One could wax eloquently about each of the eight points above, but that seems pointless. Because, at the very least, a potential ally understands why these actions are needed.

For many, internalizing these points will be a reminder that we must own our mistakes. Sometimes, this means we must pass the mic to amplify others’ voices…who are quite capable of speaking for themselves.

Most importantly, being a good ally means we pledge to stand up even when we are unsure of ourselves.

Let’s all commit to reframing to our viewpoints through the eyes of an ally.

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